President Biden’s testy response to a reporter’s question about whether he plans to seek re-election in 2024 is no surprise to conservatives. Throughout his presidency, Biden has faced criticism for his age and health, and his potential candidacy for another term only fuels concerns about his fitness for office.
A Yahoo News/YouGov poll in March showed that a majority of registered voters believe that Biden is “too old for another term” in office. Almost seven out of 10 voters (68%) admitted that his age is a problem for them. The poll also found that more Democrats agree with this assessment than disagree.
Biden’s age and health may become a significant issue for voters in the 2024 election, particularly if his potential challengers are significantly younger. The emergence of California Governor Gavin Newsom as a potential candidate could pose a challenge for Biden, as Newsom is significantly younger and has shown himself to be a popular figure among Democrats.
Despite the potential challenges, Biden’s supporters remain optimistic about his candidacy. First Lady Jill Biden recently revealed that her husband was “pretty much” prepared to run for re-election, and the White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, confirmed in February that the president “intends to run” again in 2024.
However, it remains to be seen whether Biden’s health and age will become a significant issue for voters as the 2024 election approaches.